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hamid karzai told the conference that is country is moving slowly toward national security but that training security forces could take years. at an opening session this morning, the british and that an leaders and the un secretary general outlined their goals for the conference. . . >> in the last year britain has suffered hundreds of fatalities per he to the countries represented today recognizes that this mission is vital for our national security. it is vital to the stability of this crucial region and it is vital to the security of our world. we set out last autumn on strategies and we're making progress. the military search is turning to the tide against the taliban- led insurgency. it is at the same time building the capacity of the afghan forces who are fighting alongside us. a civilian surge is insuring that areas are cleared of the taliban and our stabilization teams go in to work with local to halt ground that has been a superdelegate. britain is proud that we lead the largest civilian reconstruction team in afghanistan. during 2009, we doubled the number of brit
fighters or leaders using hundreds of millions of dollars, jobs, housing. afghan president hamid karzai called for a grand conference this spring, and even the involvement of saudi arabia. >> we must reach out to all the countrymen, especially our disenchanted brothers. who are not part of our al-qaeda or other terrorist networks. >> as for the fight, itself, host prime minister brown claimed the tide was turning and this marked the beginning of transfer of security if provinces to the afghan forces he said could reach 300,000 by next year. >> as they become stronger, we can hand over to them responsibility of tackling terrorism and extremism. >> still, many acknowledge the afghan troops are not close to taking over and the bulk of the fighting will be carried on by the urging u.s. forces woes numbers will reach 100,000 this year. how much will nato criticize for not stopping up enough in the past help out? >> while we are searching tens of thousands you're talking about 1,000 here, 500 here, the numbers are appreciably smaller on the european side. >> all in all it's close to the 40,0
government as well. guest: years ago when he met with hamid karzai at a dinner, someone said to him, mr. president, how are you going to address this problem of corruption? in fact, he said, what problem? joe biden, famously -- dinner was over -- he threw his napkin down and said, this dinner is over, and walked out. nothing has happened to defrost his relations with president karzai. both biden and richard holbrooke have terrible relations with karzai. host: james traub is with us to talk about the influence of joe biden. republicans, 202-737-0001. democrats, 202-737-0002. independents, 202-628-0205. you can send us an e-mail or tweet us at. next phone call. caller: i think our president is doing very well. if we wanted joe biden as president, he would be president. i like the idea that our president is intelligent. he is not a puppet, like the last eight years. i think he is doing what he is supposed to be doing. host: james traub? guest: i guess i would agree, in general. he believes he could be a good president. i believe this is almost a desirable alternative. he is a very knowledg
-nation conference on the future of afghanistan. afghan president hamid karzai said he expects foreign forces to be in his country for up to 15 years. there was also talk of a new plan to win over the taliban by allowing them into the afghanistan government. the executive of foreign editor of the london telegraph, also a terrorism expert. it is kind of like talking about both sides of your mouth. we say that this is one of the most brutal regimes on the planet and yet that they want to allow them into the afghanistan government. what do you make of that? >> reporter: well, this is a very ambitious program. the heart of the matter here is that there is a core of the taliban, the original founders who are never going to give in to the west and are always going to be an enemy. in recent years because of the we the afghan press has been handled the strength of the taliban has ground. there are a lot of people who would not normally support the taliban have been drawn in. the plan is to try and persuade them to come back into the mainstream of afghan politics by paying to lay down their guns. trac
this week. and karzai raised some eyebrows, it seems, by suggesting reconciliation with taliban leadership. this is by people on the ground, low-level folks, the u.s. working a way to work with those kind of taliban. but in terms of the leadership, does karzai have any international support for this concept? >> absolutely. i don't know, i mean, certainly as far as we're concerned, we weren't raising our eyebrows. that's what we were expecting to hear. because if you want to win against an insurgency, you've got to have strong military force, you've got to put pressure on the insurgents. but ultimately, this is going to be won by political means. you've got to divide the opposition and pull across as many people as possible. and that's going to happen bottom up with the low-level fighters and the middle level fighters and the tribal leaders. >> is that realistic, to think that taliban leaders want a political solution? i mean, do you make that distinguish -- i know the taliban does not equal al qaeda, but is it realistic? >> not for every single one. i think in any insurgency, in any confli
it. >> let us turn our attention to afghanistan. do you have faith in president karzai that he will be able to turn sentiment around with troops on the ground there? >> i did not before. he is the president, you can argue about the election all day long. but he is the president. i want to see how the ax and reacts and works with us. getting rid of the unsavory people that have gotten into that government -- i hope he comes across -- there has been an awful lot in the way of trying to get to that country and non-haven for terrorists. it would help all of athens -- afghans. >> this spring will be the time when congress will debate afghanistan. in principle, president obama is expected to ask for as much as $33 billion more to pay for the surge in afghanistan. i was wondering whether you see it as possible for a lot of the democrats' -- potentially a supplemental, depending on what form the $33 billion would take. do you see any way that this may fail? >> i think a lot depends on how the situation is coming along in afghanistan. i think our military will do well. we have excellent
and president karzai in afghanistan, that he will begin to turn things around in that country? guest: i did not before. she is the president, -- he is the president, you can argue about the election all day long. i want to see how he acts and reacts and works with us. getting rid of the unsavory people that have eaten their way into that government. i certainly hope that it comes across. we have expanded an awful lot in the way of blood and treasure in trying to get that country to be a non-haven for terrorists it would help all the afghan people -- it would help all of the afghan people, the administration there. guest: this spring, the congress will debate afghanistan, because president obama is to ask for $33 million more to pay for the search. i was wondering whether you see it as a tough vote for a lot of the democrats, on a potential supplemental, depending on what form the $33 billion will take. do you see any way this supplemental will fail, the vote will fail in congress? guest: i think a lot of it depends on how the situation is coming along in afghanistan. i think our military wi
president hamid karzai declared the situation was under control. about mid morning, several, maybe as many as a dozen or so taliban militants stormed government buildings, including the ministry of justice and ministry of finance, they also took over a shopping mall and a movie theater. this was a very complex, very well organized attack. about an hour after the first shots were fired, an ambulance pulled up to a police checkpoint, in theory there to help the hurt and wounded, but an insurgent was inside and detonated a bomb, killing at least one person at that site. over the entire area, about a 2-mile area where all the attacks were going on, five people were killed and nearly 40, jane, were injured. jane: connor, these attack necessary kabul generally have been happening more and more. what impact are they having? >> jane, it's been devastating here. the international community, much of it is pulling back, some of the international community is pulling out. i talked to international workers, aid workers, u.n. staff, every day to say they're leaving. it's simply too dangerous here. i sho
today from afghan president hamid karzai and other afghan ministers, but keep in mind, this was a very well-organized complex attack that lasted for five-some hours. in talking to a u.s. official who said while the loss of life was relatively small in comparison to the size and scale of the attack, probably a case of afghan security forces being more lucky than good. there just isn't the capability yet for the afghan security forces to prevent this type of attack. it took several hundred if not several thousand afghan police and military officials to prevent nearly 20 or so taliban insurgents. this fighting lasted nearly all day. they're just not capable yet of preventing these types of attacks. patti ann: conor powell live in campbell afghanistan. thank you. trace: it has been six years since drew pearson's third wife mysteriously drowned in a dry bathtub. today he is heading to court. two of his wives gone. one dead, the other still missing. today a judge will hear what and kathleen savio told people about her fears. can she speak to the court from the grave? next. patti ann: taking
runoff, thereby taking the initial iec countdown to 50% and having president karzai accept that. which i think was a good step for afghanistan. of course, the runoff never happened when the opponent pulled out, but they were able to maintain that the rule of law does matter to some degree in afghanistan. let me just briefly introduce our three distinguished speakers and turn it over to them to speak just for a few minutes, probably no more than 10 minutes each if you can keep it to that so that we can have a frank and vibrant discussion in q&a after that. to my far left is scott ward iw who was on a leave of absence last year to work as one of the three international members of the electoral complaints commission. scott was also involved in the elections in 2005 for parliament when he was with the jemb. you have their bios in front of you, so i will not go into too much detail. isabel has also worked in afghanistan back in 2005 as a political adviser. she knows quite a bit about afghanistan's elections and has been following the process is very closely. finally to my left, grant kippen,
the time when president karzai said the situation was under control before the situation was in fact under control. this was part of a strategy being implemented by the taliban where they are trying to strike right at the heart of government institutions while the international community is busy trying to portray the afghan government as strong, as being built up, the taliban are trying to prove that this is a government that is feeble and weak and can't protect itself let alone the afghan people and run the afghan state, shepard. >> shepard: conor powell live tonight in the afghan capital. an update on the heart breaking story that unfolded live on studio b. haitian families now kept apart by an ocean of red tape. today, one couple finally good to see their kids live on tv. from the emotional moment to where things stand now and i'm just getting an urgent bill continue in from the associated press. there are new details on what the united states government and a major shift that has just happened on orphans now in haiti. i will bring you breaking news, it's coming up. sfx: can shaki when
. that's the same message we saw and heard in afghanistan with hamid karzai. these reluctant leaders that we, the united states, need. >> that's exactly right, tamron. we'll find the focus shifting from afghanistan to other potential sanctuaries, and in all of these cases we're dealing with teetering or failed states, weak governments, imperfect allies. but we have to work with them and find a way to partner with these imperfect friends and find a way to root out al qaeda within their countries, be much more aggressive with intelligence operations, because we're not going to be able to apply military forces to these places. >> i want to take that point directly to jim at the pentagon. jim, on that point as far as yemen, how much does our military, does our government, how much can we trust the yemeni government? >> there's not a whole lot of trust of the the ability of the yemen government, you know, they do feel at this point that the yemen government is sincere in trying to take down, or at least diminish the effectiveness of al qaeda in yemen itself. it's also dealing with a civil
was -- >> the karzai government -- >> i think again this is one that is also better directed to the state department i think it is probably a sign of some progress house odd as that may sound that there is a healthy give-and-take between the branches of government and in a space afghanistan where the parliament, the legislature is saying we are not going to necessarily rubber-stamp the president's cabinet choices. we have checks and balances here, the congress has to confirm every cabinet selection here and a similar thing is going on there. with that said we have a process as quickly as possible because the government in afghanistan is something that needs to improve quickly and the longer there is limbo the more difficult that becomes. yes, go ahead. >> [inaudible] -- about to happen in yemen and the u.s. but already some of the top leaders pushed back of the exact level of taking from the u.s. and and and -- does that told the u.s. caused with operations to help identify [inaudible] >> i haven't seen the comments which you refer. i've seen other comments from the many military or civilian leaders t
karzai, declared the situation under control. six people were killed and nearly 70 injured in this well-organized attack. trace: live for us in kabul, afghanistan. the president and vice president honoring martin luther king jr.'s legacy today. let's get to mike emanuel, he's live on the north lawn of the white house. mike. >> trace, president obama and the first lady, ten cabinet secretaries and senior administration officials participated in community service projects across washington today celebrating the life and legacy of dr. martin luther king jr. and also honoring a national day of service. the president, first lady and first daughters went to an agency called so others might eat and served meals to homeless men, women and children. trace: mike emanuel live for us at the white house, that is brand new information on three top stories. jamie: five young americans are behind bars in pakistan, and they're accused of using the internet to calculate radical islamic militants. now as they head to court, they may be regretting the day they decided to leave american soil. what they shou
and eventual victory by hamid karzai. they discuss the presidential elections for this may. it was held at the u.s. institute of peace in washington, d.c. >> good morning, everyone. we can proceed. thank everyone for coming. my name is john dempsey with the u.s. institute of peace, based in afghanistan. i have the privilege of actually being here in washington this week for this, our first public event on afghanistan of 2010. i'm so happy we have such a good turnout, i recognize some faces here, see a lot of people i haven't seen around before and i look forward to a frank discussion with our distinguished panelist today on a subject that clearly has been getting a lot of attention over the last year, given what we saw in the difficult election season in afghanistan last year but that also has not yet gone away. i think once we got through the difficult process of the elections last year, people were breathing a collective sigh of relief that we moved on and could actually get on with governance and moving toward with strategic objectives in the country, but yet, we have another electio
for reforming washington. >> is there a way that can be accomplished? >> president karzai is heading to london this week and he wants some taliban taken off the u.s. sanctions welist in exchange for their laying down their arms. >> you have heard that general petraeus discussed similar type efforts in afghanistan, political reconciliations. you have per general mcchrystal discussed the same thing. obviously, that is a similar path to what happened in iraq. each of those two individuals have talked through this. this is provided that whoever this is accept the event constitution, renounces violence, and publicly breaks through the groups that advocate violence. that is what people expect under the notion of reconciliation. >> last week, the win put out a report saying that the amount of graft and kickbacks in of denniston is about $2.3 billion per year which is 25% of their gross domestic product. who in the administration is really writing point on dealing with issues of corruption in afghanistan? >> a group of people working and our afghan policy -- let me figure out where some of that inform
of the day. the fighting continued well after afghan president hamid karzai declared the situation under control. taliban militants, it's estimated to be about 12 of them, stormed multiple government buildings, including the ministry of justice, the ministry of finance, and the fight be continued into a shopping mall, into a movie theater, and as you said, this is a well coordinated, very well organized attack. just about an hour or so after the first shots were fired, an ambulance pulled into a police checkpoint, presumably to bring aid to, help those who had been injured but it ended up being taliban fighters who detonated a bomb and killed at least one person at that checkpoint. in total today, five people were killed and more than 40 were injured, but considering the scale of the size of this attack that went over multiple miles, most of downtown kabul, the loss of life was relatively small, but still, a very deadly and sad day here in kabul. gregg: connor, these incidents in kabul are happening more and more. what kind of impact with they -- are they having? >> a devastating impact,
counts of first degree murder. afghanistan's parliament is rejecting 17 of president hamid karzai's 24 cabinet nominees and says that he has to make new selections. the head of the u.n. mission in afghanistan is calling the ruling a setback that will delay efforts to get a functioning government up and running. officials say karzai will now have to spend political energy nominating new choices when the country should be focused on needed reform. >> didn't take them because they're corrupt. >> really. >> this is' heavy snow falling in salem, massachusetts and some strong winds, let's get a check on all of this from rick reichmuth in the weather center. >> the northeast has been pummelled with more wind and snow and that area of low pressure, the downer clock-wise circulation has gotten so wound up. warm air across the north side of that. bangor maine, 36 degrees. burlington vermont, 10 degrees. cold air across the eastern two-thirds of the country. if you want warm temps go far out towards the west and the satellite radar picture for us is going to be continuing to show a little bit of
that his concerns about president karzai are any different today? that anything has changed since -- >> again, i don't want to get into discussing those cables. i would simply say that at the conclusion of the election, the president had -- president obama had a conversation with president karzai. i think you heard the president speak clearly at west point and since then about the need to take governance seriously. that there was not an open-ended blank check for waste and abuse going forward in afghanistan. and the president and his team, and particularly ambassador eikenberry would be paying close attention. >> understanding your refusal to increase operations -- or to move to north waziristan to the north for a year and that was pretty clear on that strategy that there be something on that side of the border going on. >> let me see what i can get from d.o.d. for you. >> back to the state of the union. ask about the tone, are we going to see the president chastened by massachusetts or of the any developments of the past year? are we seeing a feisty defiant president kind of like
barack obama, this is a push from president hamid karzai of afghanistan, and the nato-led can countries involved in the mission. the taliban say they will take advantage of that. joe? >> and we're also hearing about some type of a year-end message that was sent out by the taliban for 2009. what do they have to say in that? >> reporter: well, right now we're seeing a very confident taliban. the taliban have been confident for the past eight years, but this last year, 2009, their confidence has grown a lot. they had a year-end review in 2009 and a look-ahead for 2010, they're calling 2009 a very successful year. when it comes to their politics, when it comes to their military operations on the front line, as well as their public relations with the media. as for 2010, they're saying that they're going to launch major military operations come april. and that is the springtime, and obviously the beginning of what's known as the fighting season here in afghanistan. joe? >> atia abawi in kabul, thanks for that reporting. >>> and president obama is wishing the nation a happy new year, the presi
levin just returned from afghanistan. >> another thing to watch as to whether or not president karzai and we can come up with a program for reintegration for lower level taliban which will chip away at the power of the taliban and help to support the efforts of the afghan security forces. >> reporter: u.s. commanders acknowledge the need to bring at least some lower level taliban leaders into the political and social fabric of afghanistan. general stanley mcchrystal the top mill care commander when asked if the taliban can play a role in the future of afghanistan said, i think that any afghans can play a role if they focus on the future and not the past. but, reality remains harsh. u.s. troops continue their push into helmand province in the south. the next target, the marjah area, which is another taliban stronghold. across the border in north w wasiristan, and that will give the taliban more time to consolidate and launch more attacks. u.s. military intelligence calculates that the taliban has shadow governments in 33 of 34 provinces, raising questions about whether they see a need
will keep a focus -- >> i hope you are speaking for yourself. >> you have done a great job with karzai. this is an opportunity for us to make sure that more draconian steps are taken and said if they steps that have yielded little results. >> i could not agree with you more. i cannot disagree with you at all. this is a moment and it will take a tough hand. >> i noticed the vote has not gone off. and to set fashion, which are drifting along here. -- in truth senate fashion, we are drifting along here. >> i'd prefer to look at this as an opportunity to finish my questions. i.t. why for being here and for your insights. -- thank you for your being here a year and says. my first question before i ask more about the long term, if each of you are satisfied that everything is currently being done that can be done with the short-term relief efforts, dr. former, you talk about how slow the relief efforts are and to a great extent that is because of the lack of infrastructure. is there more than should be done right now to address those relief efforts? >> thank you. i think there is a mismatch b
proposed by president karzai. this is the second cabinet he put forward. the international community was hoping for a strong government to prevent ordinary afghans from siding with the taliban. >>> in our top story, clean water, food, shelter, people in the capital city need all of them, of course. one of the most immediate needs is burial space. we should warn you here some of the images you are about to see are very disturbing. as carl penhal reports, people are burying the dead anywhere and any way they can. >> reporter: the stench from a corpse mixes with the smell of sugar cane alcohol. i've just been driving along the -- through the city of port-au-prince and have just come along to men literally digging a hole in the ground to bury one of their loved ones. they're passing around a bottle of alcohol and say that first of all we should tip the alcohol in the ground. that's for the spirits of their loved ones. >> we went to a funeral place, they ain't got no more room. they throw the body away. we picked up the body and came down with the body and try to dig a hole so we can make
done ar good job with karzai. this an opportunity for us i think to put pressure to make sure that more draconian steps are taken instead of willy-nilly kind of things. i thank you for the hearing and for your testimony. >> i couldn't agree with you more, senator. to come to that point after senator shaheen, i don't disagree with you at all. i think this will take a tough hand of leadership. i know the vote has not gone on. we can go on a little bit. >> i share my colleagues' gratification at the outpouring from not only the united states but from the rest of the world to try and respond to this tragedy. i guess my first question before i ask more about the long term is if each of you are satisfied that everything is currently being done that can be done with the short-term relief efforts, dr. farmer, you talked about how slow the relief efforts are and to a great extent that's because of the lack of infrastructure. but is there more that should be done right now to address those relief efforts? >> thank you very much, senator. i think there is a mismatch between the degree of interest
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